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Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing (2265315)
Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing (2265315)

Visitors to Oakham Castle were transported back in time at the weekend through a series of medieval displays.

Castle activity manager Charlotte Ridpath said they had held their annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday to great success.

Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing
Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing

The event celebrated the castle's 800 year history with displays showing off the sights, sounds and smells of Norman and medieval life.

"We had two medieval encampments, one which was more military based and showed off knights from the time doing combat displays and giving talks on their weapons and armour," said Charlotte.

"The other was more high status and gave insight into domestic life and skills such as embroidery at the time."

Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing (2265392)
Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing (2265392)

She said they had even had a member of the Knights Hospitaller present.

The Knights Hospitaller was a medieval Catholic military order whose members would fight and also provide medical attention to those in need on the battlefield.

Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing (2265356)
Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing (2265356)

Other activities on the go included a children's drill, an alchemy lab, archery and a scaled down trebuchet.

Medieval and Tudor dancing displays were held in the Great Hall.

This was the first time an entry fee was charged and Charlotte said while numbers were "slightly" down on previous years, more than 800 people still passed through the gates.

"We're coming to the end of our Lottery Funding, so we had to charge," she said.

Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing
Oakham Castle held an annual Living History Weekend for the third time on Sunday and Monday Photo: Lee Hellwing

A medieval banquet will take place in the Great Hall on July 7.

Tickets for the event are still available and for more information visit: www.oakhamcastle.org



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